"Now Senpai could never love me..."
|Weapon||Several, Mainly seen with a Knife|
|Voice Actress||Michaela Laws|
Ayano Aishi is the main character of Yandere Simulator. A game starring herself as she attempts to confess her feelings for Senpai before a rival does. She is convinced that the only way she possibly could is by ridding of said rivals in a variety of ways- including murder.
Ayano is a teenager with light skin (depicted as tan in-game) and listless gray eyes to match her medium-length hair, worn up in a ponytail with parted bangs. Her appearance can be modified by the Player, including her undergarments and accessories, and she can wear various uniforms, casual clothing, and costumes.
On the outside, Ayano is an average girl who has become bored with life. She feigns a flawless, friendly personality at school to cover her emotionless state of mind and hide her coldly indifferent and manipulative personality. She naturally has a calm and composed mental state- unless pushed enough to become angry and violent, usually in relation to Senpai.
She is highly determined to get whatever she sets her mind to and has no shame, using this to resort to getting what she needs from others, from flirting to get them to like her, or taking peep shots of another girls underwear.
At first, Ayano wasn't interested in murder or committing crime, and her mental state is questionable, although it is up to the Player to determine whether she embraces her darker personality or one of kindness. She is implied to have depression through some sources, and tends to phase in and out of it.
She was born an abnormally quiet baby, worrying her father but not her mother, who was also questionable. She taught her how to clean up blood at an early age, and Ayano was told many stories of an acquirable man called 'senpai' throughout her childhood.
Prior to the beginning of the game, Ayano notes that she used to feel nothing until she met her senpai. She would kill insects (which she uses to refer to rivals later) thinking it would bring her joy until realizing it never worked. But upon seeing senpai she was quickly smitten. After realizing his childhood friend, Osana Najimi was planning on confessing to him soon, she met Info-Chan, who convinced her to consider murder to rid of the girl.
Depending on the Player, she can attack several characters. Her main targets are the Love Rivals, but she can also go after various students who get in the way or she wants to manipulate in some form, and if her stats increase enough she can go after Teachers and other school staff.
Ayano relies on everything in her surroundings to wipe out the competition. However, they all serve various usefulness and can either send other characters in a panic or go unnoticed by them. These include:
- Knife - her normal choice, the one she is often depicted with.
- Scissors - non-suspicious
- Katana - suspicious
- Box Cutter - non-suspicious
- Screwdriver - for tampering with wires and circuit boxes.
- Various Medicines - obtained in the nurses office, usually for knocking out targets or poisoning them.
Ayano gets creative with her kills. Not only by implementing the several items listed above, but through a variety of means:
- Stabbing - the most basic and easiest method.
- Poisoning - A mess-free way to kill rivals. Ayano will obtain poison and put it in their food, then they will get sick and either lose consciousness or die.
- Kidnapping - first needed are the syringe and tranquilizer. Ayano will bring the student back to her home and tie them up before deciding to either keep them as a pet, frame them for murder, hide their body in something at school, or torture them until they perform a murder-suicide at school using their friend.
- Fake Suicide - Ayano will grab the persons shoes, then toss the person or push them off the building, putting their shoes down before leaving to avoid suspicion.
- Electrocution - By dumping water or blood on the victim while in the bathroom, Ayano tampers with the light switch by removing the plate and shut off the light. The victim will then go on to locate the panel and shock themselves to death.
- Drowning - Forcibly holds the person beneath a large amount of water, either the fountains or toilet.
- Suicide - Ayano will start spreading rumors and information about the target of her choice, causing everyone to slowly turn against them. As students begin to write hateful and mean messages to them, the victim commits suicide somewhere in school.
Parents - Not much was known about her parents, but it is revealed in 1980s Mode that her mother was once a Yandere girl in high school, too. She is indifferent towards her mother, who loved her dearly. Her father is suspicious of her but loves her anyway, and he shows concern if she shows interest in a Senpai.
Senpai - She adores him/her and is highly dependent on them. She can be shy in their presence and often stalks them. She would do anything to be with them, but has no problem mentally traumatizing him/her, despite that she couldn't bring herself to intentionally harm them.
Info-Chan - The girl who pushes Ayano into murder. At first, she wouldn't consider it until Info-Chan revealed that Osana Najimi had made plans to confess to her childhood friend, Senpai. She cares for nobody and they are not friends. It is hinted that she may be a Yandere as well.
Rivals - Her main targets, with there being a handful of them all in love with Senpai. At the end of each week, each girl plans to make a confession to him/her unless Ayano is able to stop them by setting them up with someone else, killing them, or by using various other methods. Hanako Yamada, the 9th rival, will instead force her brother to never get a girlfriend, because she is hopelessly dependent on her big brother. Ayano believes herself to be better and has no empathy for any of them.
Classmates - Their opinions depend on what she is doing. If she behaves oddly or perverted, they are repelled by her and want nothing to do with her. If they witness her commit murder or get closer to insanity they show concern and fright. If she goes out of her way to try to charm them or be kind, they seem to grow interested and kind towards her instead. Though she has no problem getting rid of them, she can use them as Mind-slaves and fake friends.
"Nothing else matters. No one else matters. Senpai will be mine. He doesn't have a choice."
"She has taught me a new emotion...Rage."
"I want to stop her. I want to hurt her. I want to kill her."
- In artwork, Ayano Aishi resembles Asuka from Senran Kagura. While her in-game model has a facial structure and hair similar to Homura from the same series.
- One of the unlockable hair styles Ayano can obtain is of another Yandere, Yuno Gasai.